Yoga enthusiasts and practitioners are in for a three-day treat in Mumbai – an exclusive yoga festival – is all set to kick-start from March 24 to 26. The festival will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The festival, which is a free event, is an initiative of 90-year-old Kaivalyadhama Yoga Research and Training Institute, Lonavla. The Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, is supporting the fest.
Around 13 yoga schools from across India are participating in the fest. The Yoga Utsav will be held at three venues in Mumbai – Kaivalyadhama (Marine Drive), SNDT University (Churchgate) and KC College (Churchgate).
According to Subodh Tiwari, CEO, Kaivalyadhama Ashram, the purpose behind the Maha Yoga Utsav is to bring schools of different lineages under one roof and thereby, enable a healthy exchange of practices and performances of a variety of masters in the field of yoga for free to yoga lovers.
The Kaivalyadhama Ashram, Bihar School of Yoga, Iyengar Yogashraya, Art of Living, Maharshi Vinod Research Foundation, Brahmakumari, Sadguru Maheshda Kriya, The Yoga Institute, Yoga Vidya Niketan, Yoga Vidya Gurukul and Ghantali Mitra Mandal are some of the eminent schools taking part in the Utsav.
Around 40 workshops, which include the teachings of different yogic practices, from asanas to meditation, shuddhi kriyas (cleansing processes) and surya namaskar are a part of the Utsav. There will also be talks and discussions by 20 eminent speakers in the field.
The valedictory function of Maha Yoga Utsav will be held on March 26. Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Railways will be the chief guest. The function will be presided over by Justice BN Srikrishna (retired judge), Supreme Court of India.
For participation and schedule, log on to: www.yogcenter.com/maharashtra-yoga-utsav